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Digital Distractions of Doctors

With each new abundance comes a scarcity as a counterbalance. This appears to be the message of a very well written commentary by Dennis W. Jirsch MD PHD, editor of the Alberta Medical Digest. Dr. Jirsch points to the undeniable benefits … Continue reading

Importance of Patient Involvement in Healthcare Data Security

Is your patient medical data secure? This is a question doctors and other stakeholders must address as health records increasingly move online and patients embrace digital medical records, health-management apps and other electronic data tools. While digital medical records boast many advantages … Continue reading

How to Compliantly Scan Patient Medical Records

So you’ve decided to join the medical revolution and go digital, converting your paper-based patient records to electronic format. Or maybe you’re seriously considering it. Good call! Digital medical records offer benefits galore, such as greatly simplifying your admin process, … Continue reading

EMR Dramatically Improves Sepsis Rate at NY Hospital

Increasingly, electronic medical records (EMR) are gaining a foothold in North America and enhancing patient care — sometimes dramatically. For example, New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital reduced, by almost half, the number of patient deaths related to sepsis, through … Continue reading


An emerging electronic revolution, known as eHealth, is poised to empower patients to take a more proactive role in managing their health. As an example, Continuum Medical Care, a private clinic in West Vancouver, offers a service called Health eGateway, … Continue reading


Increasingly, it’s becoming a digital world, with hospitals switching over to electronic medical records (EMR). Going paperless brings a number of benefits (for example, it frees up office space previously used to store records). Reaping a host of other, significant … Continue reading

Should Physicians Outsource Scanning?

Management guru Tom Peters, best known for his book “In Search of Excellence,” (co-authored with Robert H. Waterman Jr.) once wrote “Do what you do best and outsource the rest!” We like Peters’ philosophy! Of course, outsourcing any product or … Continue reading

Medical Record Security: What Doctors Need to Know

It may not always be top-of-mind for physicians, but guaranteeing the security of their patients’ medical records is crucial. The stakes are huge: physicians must safeguard patient privacy and ensure that their healthcare is never compromised by records that are … Continue reading


            What a potential leap forward for patient privacy! In a progressive move, the Ontario government has introduced legislation to safeguard the security and privacy of electronic medical records (EMR). In a nutshell, the legislation … Continue reading

B.C. Medical Results Theft Highlights Importance of Secured Paperless Records

What a nightmare. As recently reported in The Province, personal information of approximately 16,000 patients of a medical-services lab in Kamloops, B.C., just…disappeared. In January, LifeLabs sent the computer to its main office in Burnaby for servicing. But when the … Continue reading